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    Tara-Canyon, Montenegro

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    campsite at river Crnojevica

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    in the Moraca

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    bank of Weisse Elster

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    south coast of Corfu

  • Tara - Canyon, Montenegro

    Tara - Canyon, Montenegro

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    two PACK-rafter

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    Bay of Kotor, Montenegro

Packrafting in the Tara Canyon, Montenegro

Packrafting „de luxe“ in Montenegro - 4 days in the Tara - Canyon

Sometimes pictures can tell more than words. Have a look at this Tara Video.

Montenegro is a real gem. The tiny state combines all the beauties of South-Eastern Europe into its limited space: A coastline with mediterranean vegetation and age-old towns as well as alpine mountain-areas in the backcountry with small villages that seem to be lost in time.
But no doubt: the absolute highlight for all those who love nature is the Tara River Gorge. Over the centuries the mighty crystal clear water of the Tara River has carved Europes most impressive and deepest canyon into the massive Rocks of the Durmitor Mountains enabling the arising of an unique ecological system characterized by high water quality, rocky, pebbly terraces, sandy beaches, high cliffs, numerous caves, an excessive vegetation and a plentiful fauna. As such Tara was inscribed into the ecological biosphere reservations of the world and is protected under an internationally issued convention. It is part of the Durmitor Nationalpark. Paddling the Tara River Canyon means floating through an entirely different universe. On our tours we get the opportunity to explore this magic world at our own pace. You'll see!
In summertime when the water level is low the Tara river offers a lively current and several whitwater passages which besides some exceptions can be mainly classified as WW II-III. In general portages are easily possible with our Packrafts so that the few really difficult passages (up to WW V) can be bypassed as individually needed. On these trips we bring our own camping gear and food supplies for up to 4 days and camp directly in the canyon without getting in contact with the usual rafting-tourist groups.
After a two day paddling adventure we leave the Tara river behind and start our hiking tour out of the canyon. There is a total of about 1000 meters of altitude to conquer before we reach a beautiful plateau with traditional agriculture and pastoral farming. Along the way there are stunning sights of the highest peaks of the Durmitor mountains.
This tour is suitable for people who like to be in touch with nature and who have already made experiences with whitewater rafting up to grade III as well as with multiday-backpacking-outdoor trips in little tapped regions. Personal light and functional outdoor equipment such as appropriate clothing, a tent, a sleeping bag, a stove etc. good corporal conditions and a realistic self-assesment are absolutely necessary!

We suggest to do this trip together with the tour "Lake Skadar".

Booking is available from 29th of July until 16th of August 2019! Check out the dates in the calendar.



  • 2 participants: 400,00 € p.P., 3 participants: 300,00 € p.P.(for those who bring their own packraft with paddle, PFD, helmet and dry bag we give a discount of 100,00 €)
  • fee for the Durmitor Nationalpark which currently amount to 85 € p.p.
  • extra-fees for camping, if you prefer to stay at hosted rafting stations
  • not including supplies

Participants: max. 3 persons

Duration: 4 days (2 days of paddling, 2 days of hiking)


  • own packraft with paddle, helmet, waterproof dry bag and PFD (in addition about 3 kg)
  • transfer

Required gear / supplies:

  • experiences in paddling up to WW II and III
  • experiences in multi-day-hiking-trips in remote areas
  • tent, sleeping pad, sleeping bag
  • raingear and functional warm, isolating and fastdrying clothing, sunscreen
  • waterresistant shoes/ solid sandals and hiking-boots
  • backpacking stove, mess tin etc. as individually needed
  • provisions for 4 days

In case of booking a tour you need to accept the general terms and conditions. Booking request via e-mail, phone call or text.


Start and arrival: Tara Rafting Camp between Bistrica and Tara-Bridge

lucky packrafter

... enjoy the freedom of hiking and paddling in one trip! In this way you can think about "being outdoors" in a new way.

hiking boots

... discover hidden paths without borders. With the ultra-light and durable inflatables there are heaps of different possibilities!

orange tent

... find fantastic places in remote nature. Packrafters are adventurers who explore secrets!

Discover our tours!

We are operating in different regions of Europe, esp. Montenegro, Italy and Germany. Choose between "half-day trips" up to 4 hours, "day trips" and "multi-day trips" and just click the link in the pictures. You can find videos of the tours in our youtube channel.

  • Venice, Italy

  • Weisse Elster, Germany

  • Leipzig, Germany

  • Tara - Canyon, Montenegro

  • Lake Skadar, Montenegro


Do you want to book a tour? Send us a message and we will answer as soon as possible. Tell us important details like date, number of persons, skills ... Please use contact[at]packrafting-tours.com

In 2019 we offer dates in Germany and Montenegro:

  • weekends from 11th of May until 13th of July day trip on river Weisse Elster south of Leipzig, Germany
  • from 29th of July until 16th of August multi-day trips in Montenegro (Tara-Canyon and Lake Skadar)
  • weekends from 24th of August until 26th of October day trip on river Weisse Elster south of Leipzig, Germany

For half-day trips in Leipzig there are more flexible possibilities ... even in winter, if you like!

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About us


Chris Marx

packrafting guide, climber, traveller, teacher, media educationist

Packrafting Tours is an experiment. An idea.

With Packrafting Tours we wish people to take part and truly participate in our idea: Imagine yourself exploring, wherever your feet and water can carry you. Just set off to new shores, on new paths. Discover secrets off the beaten track. All you need is a backpack filled with a few essentials and a tiny, lightweight inflatable. Nothing else.

Our Idea is for you to enjoy every single moment and to be wholly present. To be outdoors and find tranquility. To experience this certain slowness which is really rare in everyday life.

Packrafting Tours is an idea. And much more: living.

Inga & Chris



Inga Stark

packrafting guide, climber, traveller, learning therapist